10 Mercedes-Benz SL (R107)
Strong and reliable, but perhaps not the most dynamic driving machine, the R107 SL and C107 SLC are all about engineering integrity and great looks. With as much presence as its Pagoda predecessor, it’s a good all-rounder, being ideal for long distance continent crossing but also the daily commute. Good ones won’t lose money, but it’s worth avoiding seriously scruffy and rusty examples, as putting them right will cost more than buying a sound, original, well-maintained car in the first place. Don’t dismiss the small-engined models either – they’re just as capable as their bigger-engined siblings in general use.
1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SL. £12,100. Brightwells
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PRICE RANGE £1500-25,000